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HOW TO | GET MONSOON FRIENDLY HAIR

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Maintain great hair in the monsoon madness | Oil less, cleanse more and read on for some great home remedies

Monsoons spell trouble for our hair. But with some basic care and precautions we can keep our tresses stress-free. Here are few tips to get you started.

Use a mild shampoo | A mild shampoo has fewer chemicals and thus, can be used frequently. It also keeps the scalp free of dust, grime and unwanted moisture.

Wash hair regularly | If rain has played havoc with your hair, don’t worry. Ace hair-care expert Jawed Habib suggests, “Wash your hair immediatelywith a clarifying shampoo to remove toxins. You can also add neem or basil leaves to the water. This will help in keeping at bay fungal infections. Use a herbal shampoo that contains neem, basil leaves and aloe vera.”

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Your hair is what you eat | A protein-rich diet goes a long way in keeping the roots of your hair healthy and happy. Choose foods that contain the following 
Omega3 fatty acids, eg. salmon, mackerel
Vitamin A, eg. carrots
High iron content, eg. spinach, fish
Zinc and biotin, eg. lentils, oysters
Beta-carotene eg. sweet potato
Vitamin E, eg. walnuts

For a no-frizz season | Humidity levels can cause irreversible damage to your hair. According to hair specialist, Jawed Habib, “If possible, go for permanent hair smoothing. For best results, condition your hair and leave it on for a few minutes to enable deep conditioning. Use hair masks for dry and frizzy hair to get that extra moisture to last a few good months.”

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Leave-in conditioners are quick-fix detanglers, which add healthy moisture|

Leave-in conditioners | This is not your regular conditioner that’s rinsed after application. It’s more like a quick-fix detangler, which adds healthy moisture to your locks. But it comes with its own pros and cons. Habib explains, “These rinse-out conditioners help detangle knots and snags. They soften and condition without adding any additional weight to the hair. However, unless a very light formula is selected, even rinse-out conditioners can weigh down fine strands. It also doesn’t offer enough intensive conditioning for chemically treated or damaged hair. It can soften waves and natural curls, but is usually not enough for a smooth texture.”

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The Home Cure | Home remedies go a long way in keeping hair healthy during monsoons. Try this potent remedy (courtesy P&G’s online portal Reward Me)|
The CHA Mix – for hair that does cha cha cha
Chamomile Leaves – 1 cup, ground
Honey – 1 cup
Almond Oil – 1 cup
Mix the ingredients and apply onto scalp. Leave it on for an hour. Rinse hair with a mild shampoo.
Note: Treat your hair to this therapy twice a week for a month.

Don’t scratch that itch | Apart from constant moisturising and cleansing, you can also use organic hair masks. Some popular brands include Intensive Hair Repair Mask By Dermorganic, Blue Green Algae Conditioning Hair Mask By Aubrey Organics and Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Hair Mask By Organix. Embrace the monsoon and all it brings with open arms and healthy hair.

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Oil is not well | Ideally, you must oil once every two weeks and preferably two hours before washing. This will ensure you do not use too much shampoo to get that oil out.

Embrace the monsoon and all it brings with open arms and healthy hair.



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